Sunday, August 10, 2014

CC Cycle 3 History Enrichment Pages - Part 2

I posted the first 6 weeks printables earlier in the Summer.  You can find them here: CC-cycle-3-history-enrichment-weeks-1-6.html

Here are Weeks 7-12:

Week 7 - War of 1812, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week-7-Activity-Page

Week 8 - Henry Clay & Missouri Compromise, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week-8-Activity-Page

Week 9 - Compromise of 1850, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week-9-Activity-Page

Week 10 - President Polk & US Westward Expansion, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week-10-Activity-Page

Week 11 - Abraham Lincoln & Civil War, Scribd link HIstory-Cycle-3-Week-11-Activity-Page

Week 12 - 14th Amendment, Scribd link HIstory-Cycle-3-Week-12-Activity-Page

Blessings!

**Want to see what we plan on reading?  Here is a link to our Literature list for Weeks 1-12 Our Reading List Weeks 1-12**

Do you want your kids to.....


- know what they believe?
- know why they believe what they believe?
- know how to say what they believe?
- know how to teach others or share with others what they believe?
- know how to defend what they believe?  

You may answer 'yes' and those may be the end goals of what you have in mind for your child.  I know I sure want that for my trio.  


I believe you can't get to the 'know how to defend what they believe' part unless you have the 'know what they believe' part.  


So that's sounds easy enough, right?  Just teach my kids what they believe. Well, when you have children it doesn't always come natural to us Parents the exact way of going about it.


     ****Deuteronomy 6:7New King James Version (NKJV)You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.*****

One way to teach them diligently to your children is through a catechism.  Yup, I said it...a catechism.  Intoxicated on life blog summarizes a catechism as:

 "Catechism is a tool for teaching important information using a question and answer format. That’s pretty much it. There are some secular uses of catechism, but most are for religious purposes. In fact, many parents catechize informally all the time and don’t realize it."

 I encourage you to read the entire blog post about catechisms:  http://www.intoxicatedonlife.com/2014/01/19/teaching-catechism/

So if a catechism helps children to learn information about what they believe and why---then, how can I do this in my family?

If you are a part of my home church, there is already a 'catechism' program, activity in place known as JBQ (Junior Bible Quiz).  Yes, we participate in it and this post is all about sharing how JBQ can help a family in teaching a child to 'know what they believe'. 

In all honesty, my daughter did not buzz in at an official meet once last year.   But, that doesn't mean that she didn't learn.  She did learn....a lot!  

While JBQ has a quiz aspect and a commitment to boot, I believe the benefits far outweigh the time you and your family spend in learning the questions and answers.

I assert that in order to truly have a fun time 'quizzing' one must first know the content (q & a's). 

Last year, I took a sideline Parent approach.  I was too busy or that's what I told myself.  After seeing how my children were truly 'hiding God's Word in their heart' AND learning key information about our beliefs, I decided that this year I would make it a point to invest time with my children in learning the JBQ 10 and 20 point questions.

The main time commitments include:

- JBQ practice on Sunday mornings at 9:00am (45 minutes) from about September-February.  (about 20 practices in total)

- One JBQ meet a month on Saturdays (Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb) from about 9am - noon.

- *Your time in learning and reading the questions and answers.  This can be achieved by simply reading them to your child, asking them questions, listening to the JBQ CD, reading the Bible stories that pertain to the questions.  

Here are some videos from my kids that will show the kinds of questions that are asked.:  (The volume is horribly low so I wrote the Q&A's.)



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 Middle Sis: Question- What is the Bible?  The Bible is the inspired Word of God and His revelation to all people of himself and his plan of salvation. (to the tune of Yankee Doodle)


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Little Bro: Who was the first man and first woman? Adam and Eve; How many books are in the Bible? 66, What are the two divisions of the Bible?  The New Testament and the Old Testament.

 Big Bro: What do we mean when we say the Bible is our authoritative rule of faith and conduct?  The Bible has the right to command us in what we believe and what we do.

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My kids  represent all types of 'learners' and levels.  Our youngest will be in the Pee Wee league and will only learn 10 point questions.  Our daughter will be in the Beginners and learn 10 points and a few 20 points.  Our oldest will learn all 10 points and 20 points.   They also respond to the actual competition part in different ways, too--from competitive to shy 'non buzzer'. ;)  

This was taken today just hanging out eating ice cream and during the JBQ season break.  Meaning we have not actively been learning or reviewing the JBQ material during the Summer.  But, it is indicative to what they have remembered already.  (Our youngest learned from hearing his siblings and being 'taught' by his siblings and Mama.)

So this year, I ask that you pray and talk to your Spouse about whether or not to be a part of JBQ this season.  It may or not be the time.  But, if it is.....I say go for it.  Your kids will learn and I guarantee you will too.  (Questions??  Message me or Lisa G. by email or facebook or text or grab me in the hall at Church)




JBQ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7bHpkPkKLA



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CC Cycle 3 History Enrichment Weeks 1-6 a.k.a. 'The fun stuff'

      So, I wanted some fun things for my kids to do to build upon the History content they will be learning this upcoming year.  I also wanted to be able to put the activities in a binder.  (No large salt dough maps and other large projects.)  Since my trio will be in Kinder, 1st and 3rd grade, I didn't want three separate History curriculum either.  I did some searching and 'tinkering' in Word and this is what I came up with.
     This is not the only thing we will do to help solidify the History 'grammar'.  I'll post our History plan later.  But, there will be no SOTW, too.  I know, I know...that's almost 'sacrilege' in the Classical world.  I want to focus in on what I know we could do...that one or two extra things that would NOT overwhelm.

Week 1 - Columbus, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week-1

Week 2 - Pilgrims, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week2-Activity-Page

Week 3 - Boston Tea Party, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week-3-Activity-Page

Week 4 - Declaration of Independence, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week-4-Activity-Page

Week 5 - Washington, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week-5-Activity-Page

Week 6 - Louisiana Purchase/ Lewis and Clark, Scribd link History-Cycle-3-Week-6-Activity-Page



The Document preview below shows Week 1.  Click the above links to download or print weeks 1-6

CC Cycle 3 Reading List

I've been working on our History reading selections for the next Classical Conversations Cycle.  Cycle 3 is probably my favorite Cycle.  Now that I have children in both Upper and Lower Elementary, I thought I'd schedule out a picture book and read aloud option.

***I've recently updated up to Week 12: CC-Cycle-3-Reading-List-Weeks-1-12

If you'd like to download from Scribd directly go to:  CC-Cycle-3-Reading-List-Weeks-1-6


Monday, October 14, 2013

CC Cycle 2 Week 6

Out of the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance.......

We had a wonderful time reading about the Medieval Period and making some wonderful crafts, too.

I am looking forward to spending some time in the Renaissance Period as we introduced the material for week 6 on Friday.

So to kick off this week, here are some of the links and books I have for week 6:

Neo Leo by: Gene Barretta



Clown of God by: Tommie dePaola

*Library Tip: I usually fill our book basket with books that support the subject 'new grammar' for the week.  I looked up these terms: Mona Lisa, Bard, Da Vinci, Renaissance, Copernicus, Shakespeare, pollution.


Homeschool Share Links and Units on Renaissance

 http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__renaissance_reformation.php

Da Vinci:

Download free activity book (purple button) about Leonardo Da Vinci  http://www.nestlearning.com/the-animated-story-of-leonardo-da-vinci-video-on-interactive-dvd_p42859.aspx 

Shakespeare:

Shakespeare activity printables and coloring
 http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/william-shakespeare

Michelangelo

Printables and project ideas including soap carving:
http://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/michelangelo-biography.htm

Confessions of a Homeschooler free 'World's Greatest Artists' study pack:
http://store.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=70_76_78&products_id=194

Copernicus:

How Stuff Works video clip about Copernicus ideas
 http://science.howstuffworks.com/29275-100-greatest-discoveries-theory-of-copernicus-video.htm

Activity page and coloring:
http://info-poland.buffalo.edu/classroom/copernicus/children/NC.html

My Pinterest CC Cycle 2 Week 6

http://www.pinterest.com/triomomkkent/cc-cycle-2-week-6/

My Pinterest CC Cycle 2 pins

http://www.pinterest.com/triomomkkent/cc-cycle-2/


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Grace not perfection:)

I want to show you my schedule for today:
Notice how nothing is checked off yet and how one of my children already has 3 sad faces on the board.

 This is what my children are doing instead of my lovely schedule.  Why?  Grace, not perfection.

My kids were having a hard time playing kindly, speaking kindly and just behaving with love towards each other this morning.  It happens...it happens often.  It will continue to happen if my husband and I fail to point them toward right attitudes and thinking and behavior according to God's word.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Mt. 5:9

So, I gave them 20 minutes to play anything they wanted as long as they were playing fairly and nicely.  

I read Matthew 5:9 and talked about peace and how we are going to have peace today and with one another.  

My personality likes lists, a plan and a routine.  It's as if my life is on a schedule in my mind and I have a hard time with 'detours'.  Basically, I have a hard time with GRACE, NOT PERFECTION.  But, I'm learning as, I teach my kids.  

Don't think that this blogger has it all together because of the nice pictures I show or links I put up.  Life here is real and tough and in need of peace and a whole lot of GRACE.

Love,
Kathie

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Our School Room 2013

This is the view of our room as you walk in the door.  

This is the 'window' wall to the right.  There's our green couch, the white Ikea 'side' school table, calendar and art work. 

The small wall on the right side of the window...calendar and small 3m hooks for our activity calendars and chore charts.  CLE learning to read cards are starting to line the door frame. 

Closer look at calendar and hooks.  I have our CC community calendar, family Google calendar printed out, kids ministries at our church calendar, and kids chore charts.
Another look at this table...I rotate puzzles and activities on the two shelves.  You can see that I use ordinary binder clips and 3m hooks for displaying work.   There are CLE sight word cards under the window trim, too. 

This white Ikea kids table is no longer sold.  But, I love it for the two shelves below.  I use this space for a lot of 1 on 1 time with kids.  I sit on the sofa as the child works at the table. 

Over and around the sofa are 3m hooks and binder clips to display artwork and school papers. Those are never in short supply.

The center of the room---our Ikea gateleg table.  This by far my favorite homeschool furniture purchase.  The stools are also from Ikea and work well with it.  I love that it folds down on both sides for extra floor space and room.

There are drawers on each side for a total of 6 deep drawers. 



You can see how this table folds.  However, we usually leave it out and occasionally fold up one side. 




In the corner, is our current 'extra' books for the week.  They are supporting books from our home library or the local library for the weeks' History or Science focus.

Above the table are these three boards.  I believe all of them are from Hobby Lobby.  The whiteboard on the right is the 'teaching' board.  That is where I write out examples and teach.  The whiteboard on the left is used for our schedule and behavior/attitude chart.  The center peg board has Prayer charts/schedule, our current Bible/Character focus and sibling rules chart.

A closer look at that center peg board and our 'tool box' of supplies.  That bin houses regular plastic cups full of pencils, colored pencils, dry erase markers, scissors and glue.  It also has two clipboards, maps, counting charts, dry erase pages handy for easy access.

A look at our schedule.  The red is behavior/attitude.  Bottom line if you have 3 sad faces = no reward for the day.  If you do not have 3 sad faces you get 15 min. DS or Kindle time and a pick from our candy jar.  If you get three smiley faces you get extra 15 minutes of DS/Kindle.  It works for us...and Dad can see how the day went as far as attitudes and behaviors go. 

The other corner houses one portion of our Legos.  These help the boys when I am reading a lot out loud.  Also our youngest likes to play in the room with us after his school work is done. 

A peak of one of the drawers...it can fit a lot;)

The wall opposite the window...TV and bookshelf, pics and closet.

This is another one of my favorite homeschool furniture pieces: Ikea Expedit.  There are two cubbies for me plus each of the kids (top/bottome).  My top cubby has Ikea mag. holders with coloring books, drawing books, file folder games, Bible and an atlas.  My basket house all of the teacher's manuals that I need for this semester.  The kid' top cubbies have their portfolio binder, any individual subject binder they need, a mag file for extra work or work not completed and they fave activity books.  Their bottom baskets hold all of their workbooks and assignments plus their supply box. 

To the left of the tv are the current 'books of the week'.  This week it is: Blueberries for Sal for our youngest.  For our oldest two: Patrick the Patron St. or Ireland (Medieval Period)

A different view...not a whole lot of room but totally doable.

Kinder girl working.  The stools are stackable and also from Ikea.  It was one stop shopping for me there;)

On the other side of the tv is a clear paper holder/organizer from Office Depot.  It houses our planners from A Plan In Place.

Here are the shelves and cubbies.  (I greened out names.)



This Filetastic hanging file is from Mardel.  This is probably my favorite store--ever;) 

A peak inside our school closet. 

This is the other side of the closet.  This one closet helps with organization of the entire room.  It stores, supplies, books, paper, printer, files, etc, etc....

This room always seems to have someone in it working or......

playing;
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